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February Book Club Picks

It's the month of love, or so the calendar says, and on the The Island, we wanted to bring a touch of romance to our monthly books. As it's an even-numbered month, this also means we are offering two books for you to choose from to read along with us.


You can do this in a number of ways, one is by joining our book club for £3 a month (or the price of a coffee), where you get a monthly virtual book-club meet up, the chance to chat to other members over the month and get early access to certain special things. Or you can read along with us, letting us know on Twitter or Instagram your thoughts.


We decided to choose a book from the young adult category with a heavy amount of romance involved in the plot, allowing us a chance to escape, no matter what our status is currently saying.


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Laura's Choice This Month Is:


I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver


When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school. But Ben's attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan's friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.


Jodie's Choice This Month Is:


The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth


Seventeen-year-old Saoirse has finished with exams and is facing a long hot summer before uni. She plans to party, get drunk, watch horror movies and forget all her troubles by kissing girls. Ever since the breakupocalypse with her ex Hannah, she's been alone and angry, dealing with the hole left in her family by her sick mother's absence. Worse, Dad drops a bombshell: he's remarrying at the end of the summer. Enter the scene: Ruby, who might just be the prettiest girl Saoirse's ever seen. A romcom fan and a believer in true love, Ruby challenges cynical Saoirse to try a summer romance with the serious parts left out, just like in the movies. But what happens when the falling in love montage ends?


Are you planning on reading either of these with us, let us know below?


If you've read them before, drop your thoughts below or over the contact form to have your comment possibly read on the episode recording. If you have any books you'd love us to read, get in touch.

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